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Prorogation, “justiciability” and the role of the Supreme Court

This government must be subject to the rule of law

By Steve Peers  

Photo: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

What’s at stake in this week’s Supreme Court appeals against the prorogation of parliament?

The background is the government’s decision in August to prorogue parliament for several weeks over September and October. Ostensibly this break, which partly covers time when parliament is normally in recess for party conference season, is to prepare the ground for a Queen’s Speech to start a new session of parliament. But it’s a longer gap than usual for this purpose; and many suspect that the real purpose is to prevent parliamentary scrutiny…

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